My mom immigrated from the Philippines, so we would often eat Filipino Pancit, a well-known noodle dish. I took her version and added my own touches to make it easier and a little healthier. —Jasmin Baron, Livonia, New York
“We’ve all heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so when I plan a romantic dinner, this is one dish I like to serve,” says Shari Neff of Takoma Park, Maryland. “It’s easy on the budget and turns out perfectly for two.”
A distinctive peanut sauce complements this colorful combination of tender sirloin strips, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms. I like to dish it up over spaghetti, but you could also use fried noodles.—Janice Fehr,
Jo Ann Erpelding of Canton, Michigan shares this super stir-fry with a twist. Water chestnuts bring a slight crunch to the tender pork and veggies, while apple pie filling lends a complementary sweetness.
I put a bit of a spin on a typical stir-fry that you'd normally serve over rice. Ramen noodles are quick to sub in for the rice and I find bagged coleslaw mix gives the dish a good crisp-tender bite along with some fresh broccoli. —Barbara Pletzke, Herndon, Virginia
This full-flavored stir-fry from Linda Trainer, Phoenix, Arizona, is sure to bring rave reviews from your family. Snappy snow peas, sweet pepper and pork are spiced up with ginger, sesame oil,, red pepper flakes and soy sauce. Consider rices a s an alternative to the pasta.
There's just enough ginger, chili powder and garlic powder in the sauce to spark the taste of this enjoyable steak specialty. For variety, you can substitute chicken or pork for the sirloin. If I'm in a hurry or don't have fresh vegetables on hand, I'll reach for two bags of frozen stir-fry vegetables instead.